Human rights

As an international company that operates in countries with various political systems and cultural traditions, LUKOIL recognizes the importance of respecting and observing the fundamental human rights declared by the United Nations, including labor rights, the right to a healthy environment, and the rights of indigenous peoples and special groups and others.

In 2017 the corporate policy on human rights was consolidated in a new version of the Social Code of PJSC LUKOIL. This document is based, among other things, on the United Nations Global Compact Principles and sets out the Company’s position and voluntary undertakings.

  • LUKOIL recognizes the importance of observing human rights, and undertakes in its activity to be guided by the provisions of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • The Company seeks to uphold the fundamental principles in labor relations and environmental protection that are enshrined in the UN conventions and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
  • LUKOIL respects the rights of trade unions, including rights enshrined in basic ILO conventions:
    • the right of every employee to be represented by a trade union of his/her choice and main trade union rights concerning freedom of association and the right to organize workers into trade unions, and also the right to collective bargaining
    • preventing all forms of involuntary or forced labor
    • the elimination of child labor
    • support for and ensuring equality of opportunity and relations to employees in employment, including equal pay for women and men for work of equal value, and preventing discrimination in labor and employment

In the regions where the Company operates we comply with all respective human rights principles, including not using child or forced labor, in accordance with local legislation. Given the differences between labor law provisions in various countries, we seek to mitigate the risks of any potential human rights violations, including by establishing unified operating policies and standards. In particular, the principles and norms enshrined in the Social Code of PJSC LUKOIL, and also in the Personnel Management Policy, are binding on all Group subsidiaries.

The Social Code of PJSC LUKOIL also includes obligations on preserving the national cultural identities of peoples living in the regions where the Company operates.

The Company’s obligations on rights related to ensuring a favorable environment and occupational safety are set out in more detail in the HSE policy of PJSC LUKOIL in the 21st Century.

  • The Company intends to make use of all available and practicable measures to prevent accidents, occupational diseases and operational stoppages, and to reduce their impact and consequences.
  • LUKOIL achieves consistent, ongoing improvements from its current and planned activities, products, and services in terms of the impact on its employees, the general public, and the environment.

The main mechanisms for monitoring compliance with human rights comprise:

  • monitoring compliance with legislative requirements
  • performing internal and independent audits in the respective lines of business, including as part of supervisory audits of the management system’s compliance with international standards
  • performing procedures to assess the environmental impacts of production projects
  • feedback channels as part of the Company’s information policy

The Company’s human rights activity is continually assessed during the preparation of sustainability reporting.